A Good Nurse to B experience

  1. I'm a contract nurse working at the VA hospital. Recently the unit I work on had the opportunity to recognized a nurse to B. This person is a male, who until recently was a high school student. He has volunteered for most of high school weekends on this unit. Just prior to graduation he became a CNA, and plans to go on to nursing school this fall.

    He is a very hard worker, who always volunteers to help others on this unit. I have been on the receiving end of his generously, and greatly appreciated his maturity, caring, and calm demeanor.

    So we all decided to show him our graditude by giving him a pot luck, and buying him some graduation gifts.

    We got a stethoscope trimed in gold, and two uniform tops. The evening shift gave him a sizeable money card, and we got a card, that looked like a certificate praising his accomplishments on the unit. Believe me he was totally bowled over by our small tributes to him!

    He is learning his role as a CNA by working side by side with another nurse. He has the potential to make an excellent caregiver, and we're lucky to have him! His assignments are carefully made so as not to overwhelm him, as we want him to love coming to work, not dread it!

    He will be going to UW this fall, and he has been given a set schedule with his choice of days off.

    Not all older nurses eat their young...some are grateful someone wants to follow us!

    Brownie
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   Y2KRN
    Hello,

    Thank you for this post it is great to hear a very positive and receptive attitude towards the up and coming!!!! This person sounds like he has talant and it is very impressive that he knows exactly what he wants to do. I wish him and your unit continued success!!!!!!!

    Y2KRN
  4. by   sharann
    Thank heavens for wonderful nurses like you and your co-workers. What you did for that boy and future nurse is about the greatest thing I have heard about nursing in a long time. Hope this is contagious and spreads like wildfire throughout the nursing community!
  5. by   Brownms46
    You're both very welcome, and I thank you for your response!

    Today he wore on of the uniform tops, and all I could do was smile .

    Today we also got two more teenage volunteers, AND a high student who plans on going into nursing also! She shadowed a nurse today! It was the talk of the unit by ALL to providers, and caregivers today!

    WOW! Are WE really lucky or what..
  6. by   Brownms46
    You're both very welcome, and I thank you for your response!

    Today he wore on of the uniform tops, and all I could do was smile .

    Today we also got two more teenage volunteers, AND a high student who plans on going into nursing also! She shadowed a nurse today! It was the talk of the unit by ALL to providers, and caregivers today!

    WOW! Are WE really lucky or what..
  7. by   theboss
    Hello Brownie,
    You guys did a great thing. We need good nurses in our profession and, your unit has found a way to contribute to the vast nursing shortage. keep it up it sounds like its working. I was proven wrong this am there are nurses out there that do care about there coworkers!!!
    Last edit by theboss on Jun 28, '01
  8. by   Brownms46
    Thank you BOSS! I have met some very good, and caring people on this assignment. It will be hard for me to leave at the end of this contract! I haven't been able to say that about an assignment in a long time Although I don't really enjoy the kind of nursing I'm doing now. I do enjoy the people I work with, and I will miss seeing them on a regular basis.

    But believe me, there are lots of caring, great to work with nurses out there...just as there are some of the other kind also!
  9. by   theboss
    Hello Brownie,
    As you know i have recently found this to be so true. I wonder how the other kind can sleep at night? I know i wouldnt be able to ! alicia

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